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SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 191 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

71 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Colfax County
4 new cases in Curry County
35 new cases in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Lea County
1 new case in Lincoln County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
5 new cases in Luna County
6 new cases in McKinley County
11 new cases in Otero County
3 new cases in Roosevelt County
14 new cases in Sandoval County
7 new cases in San Juan County
6 new cases in San Miguel County
10 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
2 new cases in Taos County
5 new cases in Valencia County

The ten ZIP codes across the state with the most COVID-19 cases on Saturday, Mar. 20 are:

87121 – 15
87114 – 14
88001 – 10
87124 – 7
87111 – 6
87120 – 6
87507 – 6
87701 – 6
88021 – 6
87031 – 5

The Department of Health on Saturday reported seven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

• A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Princeton Place facility in Albuquerque.
• A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the BeeHive Homes Volcano Cliffs facility in Albuquerque.
• A male in his 80s from Doña Ana County. The individual had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 90s from Otero County.
• A male in his 50s from Rio Arriba County. The individual was hospitalized.
• A male in his 70s from Sandoval County. The individual had underlying conditions.
• A female in her 80s from Taos County. The individual had underlying conditions.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 3,889.

Daily case counts and test numbers are raw data based on information the state receives today – meaning data that has not yet been scrutinized to identify potential duplicates or late-arriving positives or negatives. By contrast, the Red Yellow Green county-level analysis provides a highly accurate picture for a two-week period of time.

Previously reported numbers included four cases in Bernalillo County that have been identified as duplicates and one case in Chaves County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 189,560 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 53,999
Catron County: 82
Chaves County: 8,704
Cibola County: 2,805
Colfax County: 717
Curry County: 4,993
De Baca County: 133
Doña Ana County: 23,512
Eddy County: 6,608
Grant County: 1,589
Guadalupe County: 366
Harding County: 8
Hidalgo County: 351
Lea County: 8,136
Lincoln County: 1,576
Los Alamos County: 494
Luna County: 3,182
McKinley County: 12,107
Mora County: 168
Otero County: 3,547
Quay County: 425
Rio Arriba County: 3,447
Roosevelt County: 1,855
Sandoval County: 11,165
San Juan County: 13,639
San Miguel County: 1,309
Santa Fe County: 9,772
Sierra County: 707
Socorro County: 1,234
Taos County: 1,596
Torrance County: 669
Union County: 244
Valencia County: 6,322

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 130 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 171,593 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities in Eddy County: Good Life Senior Living in Carlsbad and Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad.

The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

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